Following the tragic news of another cycle fatality in Hackney this morning, the 13th cycle fatality in Hackney within the past ten years, the cycle campaign group “Hackney People on Bikes” are calling on TfL and Hackney Council to urgently introduce protected cycle tracks on the main roads in the borough.
Recent statistics show that most collisions in Hackney that result in the death or serious injury to the person cycling happen on the main roads. Hackney Council also admitted in their own cycling plan last year that “there have been limited improvements for cyclists on our busiest roads.” and that “It is inevitable that cyclists will continue to use our busy high streets and strategic roads that carry high volumes of vehicular traffic because often they are the most direct and quickest routes.” Yet despite this there appears to be no plans to copy international best practice and introduce protected cycle tracks on the main roads within the borough.
We’re pleased to see Transport for London today announce plans to build segregated cycle tracks linking Oval to Vauxhall and ask TFL to urgently commit to introducing the same treatment to their roads within the London Borough of Hackney. We believe that so long as lorries and bikes are expected to share the same space, tragic events such as today’s will continue to be repeated. While we applaud Hackney Council for providing some good cycling specific infrastructure on a few minor roads in the borough, such as Goldsmith’s Row, we call on the council to urgently develop plans to make our main roads and junctions safe, welcoming and accessible for everyone, of any age, who wishes to ride a bike in Hackney.